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I totally agree with you.  I don't even think that all of us are 'normal' anymore, given what we learn is going on everyday.  We are continually constrained by a natural 'defense/survival mechanism' to put aside the horror we cannot accept, while we feel individually helpless to change it.

Anecdotal photos of joy at the end of fighting only represent a few moments and are not the real-life consequences that pervade the lives of fighters and society during and after war.  Most people cannot face that reality and limit their world view to what they can handle.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 08:54:15 AM EST
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What is "normal" - and when do you think people enjoyed this state and when did we lose it ?


Anecdotal photos of joy at the end of fighting only represent a few moments and are not the real-life consequences that pervade the lives of fighters and society during and after war.

Obviously - did you seriously think I was using them to argue the absurd view that if they were smiling then they would be OK after the war ? (see the quotation in my comment above). My point was - pretty clearly I think - that smiling after combat was a quite understandable immediate reaction and not a sign of abnormality. The photo of Brit troops laughing at the funeral of a comrade doesn't indicate that they have been dehumanised, but that shared laughter can be a way of coping with grim circumstances, cf. Irish wakes, at which it is also the custom to share memories of the dead person, some of them humourous. Whether the Brit troops will be psychologically damaged when they return by their general experience in Afghanistan is another matter (see the quotation above again).

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 05:40:57 PM EST
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 The quotation is in the comment below.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 05:42:16 PM EST
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